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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529302/changes-of-global-infectious-disease-governance-in-2000s-rise-of-global-health-security-and-transformation-of-infectious-disease-control-system-in-south-korea
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Eun Kyung Choi, Jong-Koo Lee
This paper focus upon the changes of global infectious disease governance in 2000s and the transformation of infectious disease control system in South Korea. Traditionally, infectious disease was globally governed by the quarantine regulated by the international conventions. When an infectious disease outbreak occurred in one country, each country prevented transmission of the disease through the standardized quarantine since the installation of international sanitary convention in 1892. Republic of Korea also organized the infectious disease control system with quarantine and disease report procedure after the establishment of government...
December 2016: Ŭi Sahak
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516833/animal-models-of-ebolavirus-infection
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Marisa C St Claire, Dan R Ragland, Laura Bollinger, Peter B Jahrling
Ebola virus is a highly pathogenic member of the family Filoviridae that causes a severe hemorrhagic disease in humansand NHP. The 2013-2016 West African outbreak has increased interest in the development and refinement of animal models of Ebola virus disease. These models are used to test countermeasures and vaccines, gain scientific insights into the mechanisms of disease progression and transmission, and study key correlates of immunology. Ebola virus is classified as a BSL4 pathogen and Category A agent, for which the United States government requires preparedness in case of bioterrorism...
May 17, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480295/variation-in-tularemia-clinical-manifestations-arkansas-2009-2013
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Laura K Lester Rothfeldt, Richard F Jacobs, J Gary Wheeler, Susan Weinstein, Dirk T Haselow
BACKGROUND: Francisella tularensis, although naturally occurring in Arkansas, is also a Tier 1 select agent and potential bioterrorism threat. As such, tularemia is nationally notifiable and mandatorily reported to the Arkansas Department of Health. We examined demographic and clinical characteristics among reported cases and outcomes to improve understanding of the epidemiology of tularemia in Arkansas. METHODS: Surveillance records on all tularemia cases investigated during 2009-2013 were reviewed...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475321/metal-ions-effectively-ablate-the-action-of-botulinum-neurotoxin-a
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Paul T Bremer, Sabine Pellett, James P Carolan, William H Tepp, Lisa M Eubanks, Karen N Allen, Eric A Johnson, Kim D Janda
Botulinum neurotoxin serotype A (BoNT/A) causes a debilitating and potentially fatal illness known as botulism. The toxin is also a bioterrorism threat, yet no pharmacological antagonist to counteract its effects has reached clinical approval. Existing strategies to negate BoNT/A intoxication have looked to antibodies, peptides, or organic small molecules as potential therapeutics. In this work, a departure from the traditional drug discovery mindset was pursued, in which the enzyme's susceptibility to metal ions was exploited...
May 19, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472295/biochemical-characterization-of-the-gtp-sensing-protein-cody-of-bacillus-anthracis
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Shikha Joon, Monisha Gopalani, Amit Rahi, Parul Kulshreshtha, Himanshu Gogoi, Sonika Bhatnagar, Rakesh Bhatnagar
The pleiotropism of the GTP-sensing transcriptional regulator CodY is evident by the gamut of processes that it regulates in almost all low G+C gram-positive bacteria, including general metabolism, biosynthesis of some amino acids and transport systems, nitrogen uptake, sporulation, biofilm formation, motility, and virulence. The role of CodY in virulence has been established in Bacillus anthracis, the top rated bioterrorism agent. In this study, we investigated the biochemical attributes of this global regulator...
May 3, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455330/regulation-of-botulinum-neurotoxin-synthesis-and-toxin-complex-formation-by-arginine-and-glucose-in-clostridium-botulinum-atcc-3502
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Chase M Fredrick, Guangyun Lin, Eric A Johnson
Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) produced by neurotoxigenic clostridia is the most potent biological toxin known and the causative agent of the paralytic disease botulism. The nutritional, environmental, and genetic regulation of BoNT synthesis, activation, stability, and toxin complex (TC) formation are not well studied. Previous studies indicated that growth and BoNT formation was affected by arginine and glucose in C. botulinum types A and B. In the present study, C. botulinum ATCC 3502 was grown in toxin production medium (TPM) with different levels of arginine, glucose and three products of arginine metabolism, citrulline, proline and ornithine...
April 28, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452296/forensic-approaches-to-detect-possible-agents-of-bioterror
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Alfredo A González, Jessica I Rivera-Pérez, Gary A Toranzos
Many biological agents have been strategic pathogenic agents throughout history. Some have even changed history as a consequence of early discoveries of their use as weapons of war. Many of these bioagents can be easily isolated from the environment, and some have recently been genetically manipulated to become more pathogenic for biowarfare. However, it is difficult to determine accidental outbreaks of disease from intentional exposures. In this review, we examine how molecular tools have been used in combination with forensic research to resolve cases of unusual outbreaks and trace the source of the biocrime...
April 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437093/a-pathogen-specific-cargo-delivery-platform-based-on-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles
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Bastian Ruehle, Daniel L Clemens, Bai-Yu Lee, Marcus A Horwitz, Jeffrey I Zink
We present a synthetic approach to a highly pathogen-selective detection and delivery platform based on the interaction of an antibody nanovalve with a tetrasaccharide from the O-antigen of the lipopolysaccharide (LPS) of Francisella tularensis bacteria, a Tier 1 Select Agent of bioterrorism. Different design considerations are explored, and proof-of-concept for highly pathogen-specific cargo release from mesoporous silica nanoparticles is demonstrated by comparisons of the release of a signal transducer and model drug by LPS from F...
May 5, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427845/development-of-a-micro-neutralization-assay-for-ebolaviruses-using-a-replication-competent-vesicular-stomatitis-hybrid-virus-and-a-quantitative-pcr-readout
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Stella S Lee, Kathryn Phy, Keith Peden, Li Sheng-Fowler
Development of vaccines against highly pathogenic viruses that could also be used as agents of bioterrorism is both a public health issue and a national security priority. Methods that can quantify neutralizing antibodies will likely be crucial in demonstrating vaccine effectiveness, as most licensed viral vaccines are effective due to their capacity to elicit neutralizing antibodies. Assays to determine whether antibodies are neutralizing traditionally involve infectious virus, and the assay most commonly used is the plaque-reduction neutralization test (PRNT)...
April 17, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406414/review-of-poxvirus-emergence-of-monkeypox
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A Morand, S Delaigue, J J Morand
This article reviews the different types of poxvirus infections. Smallpox, although eradicated, must continue to be monitored because of the potential risk of accidental or voluntary (by bioterrorism) reintroduction. Monkeypox and cowpox viruses are considered to be emergent today ; their high risk of dissemination is due to the increase in international transport as well as trends for new animals as pets and the loss of vaccinal protection against smallpox. Molluscum contagiosum (molluscipoxvirus) causes mild infections, is particularly frequent in children ; in adults it is a marker of the risk of sexually transmitted infections and can, in cases with profuse lesions, reveal AIDS...
February 1, 2017: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392420/efficacy-of-delayed-brincidofovir-treatment-against-a-lethal-rabbitpox-virus-challenge-in-new-zealand-white-rabbits
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Irma M Grossi, Scott A Foster, Melicia R Gainey, Robert T Krile, John A Dunn, Thomas Brundage, Jody M Khouri
In the event of a bioterror attack with variola virus (smallpox), exposure may only be identified following onset of fever. To determine if antiviral therapy with brincidofovir (BCV; CMX001) initiated at, or following, onset of fever could prevent severe illness and death, a lethal rabbitpox model was used. BCV is in advanced development as an antiviral for the treatment of smallpox under the US Food and Drug Administration's 'Animal Rule'. This pivotal study assessed the efficacy of immediate versus delayed treatment with BCV following onset of symptomatic disease in New Zealand White rabbits intradermally inoculated with a lethal rabbitpox virus (RPXV), strain Utrecht...
April 7, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361720/the-bioethicist-who-cried-synthetic-biology-an-analysis-of-the-function-of-bioterrorism-predictions-in-bioethics
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Søren Holm
This article analyzes a specter that has haunted bioethics almost since its inception, namely the specter of the misuse of biotechnology by maleficent agents bent on mass destruction, or the complete eradication of human kind and life as we know it. The article provides a general account of why bioethicists cry "catastrophic bioterrorism potential" when new biotechnologies emerge, and an analysis of the arguments that flow from the prediction, especially in relation to synthetic biology.
April 2017: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics: CQ: the International Journal of Healthcare Ethics Committees
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359755/a-novel-staphylococcal-enterotoxin-b-subunit-vaccine-candidate-elicits-protective-immune-response-in-a-mouse-model
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Jun Young Choi, Sungho Shin, Na Young Kim, Woo Sung Son, Tae Jin Kang, Dong Hyun Song, Chi Ho Yu, Gyeung Haeng Hur, Seong Tae Jeong, Young Kee Shin
Staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB), produced by the gram-positive bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, is responsible for food poisoning and toxic shock syndrome, and is considered a potential bioterrorism agent. Unfortunately, still now no approved vaccines are available against SEB. In this study, we constructed a series of nontoxic SEB mutants (mSEBs) and examined whether these mSEBs provide protective immunity against SEB challenge. These mSEB vaccine candidates did not demonstrate superantigen activity in mouse splenocyte cultures...
March 27, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331641/penicillin-susceptible-oxidase-negative-nonhemolytic-nonmotile-bacillus-megaterium-in-disguise-of-bacillus-anthracis
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Shih Keng Loong, Boon Teong Teoh, Jefree Johari, Chee Sieng Khor, Juraina Abd-Jamil, Siti Sarah Nor'e, Nur Izyan Samsudin, Noor Syahida Azizan, Che Norainon Yaacob, Asma Anati CheMatSeri, Nur Hidayana Mahfodz, Sazaly AbuBakar
Bacillus anthracis is a bacterial pathogen of major concern. The spores of this bacteria can survive harsh environmental conditions for extended periods and are well recognized as a potential bioterror weapon with significant implications. Accurate and timely identification of this Bacillus species in the diagnostic laboratory is essential for disease and public health management. Biosafety Level 3 measures and ciprofloxacin treatment were instituted when B. anthracis was suspected from a patient with gangrenous foot...
2017: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323523/rapid-dna-vaccination-against-burkholderia-pseudomallei-flagellin-by-tattoo-or-intranasal-application
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Jacqueline M Lankelma, Alex Wagemakers, Emma Birnie, Bastiaan W Haak, Jos J A Trentelman, Tassili A F Weehuizen, Jasmin Ersöz, Joris J T H Roelofs, Joppe W Hovius, W Joost Wiersinga, Adriaan D Bins
Melioidosis is a severe infectious disease with a high mortality that is endemic in South-East Asia and Northern Australia. The causative pathogen, Burkholderia pseudomallei, is listed as potential bioterror weapon due to its high virulence and potential for easy dissemination. Currently, there is no licensed vaccine for prevention of melioidosis. Here, we explore the use of rapid plasmid DNA vaccination against B. pseudomallei flagellin for protection against respiratory challenge. We tested three flagellin DNA vaccines with different subcellular targeting designs...
March 21, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296884/increased-von-willebrand-factor-decreased-adamts13-and-thrombocytopenia-in-melioidosis
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Emma Birnie, Gavin C K W Koh, Ester C Löwenberg, Joost C M Meijers, Rapeephan R Maude, Nicholas P J Day, Sharon J Peacock, Tom van der Poll, W Joost Wiersinga
BACKGROUND: Melioidosis, caused by bioterror treat agent Burkholderia pseudomallei, is an important cause of community-acquired Gram-negative sepsis in Southeast Asia and Northern Australia. New insights into the pathogenesis of melioidosis may help improve treatment and decrease mortality rates from this dreadful disease. We hypothesized that changes in Von Willebrand factor (VWF) function should occur in melioidosis, based on the presence of endothelial stimulation by endotoxin, pro-inflammatory cytokines and thrombin in melioidosis, and investigated whether this impacted on outcome...
March 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282873/crystal-structure-of-the-receptor-binding-domain-of-botulinum-neurotoxin-type-ha-also-known-as-type-fa-or-h
#17
Guorui Yao, Kwok-Ho Lam, Kay Perry, Jasmin Weisemann, Andreas Rummel, Rongsheng Jin
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs), which have been exploited as cosmetics and muscle-disorder treatment medicines for decades, are well known for their extreme neurotoxicity to humans. They pose a potential bioterrorism threat because they cause botulism, a flaccid muscular paralysis-associated disease that requires immediate antitoxin treatment and intensive care over a long period of time. In addition to the existing seven established BoNT serotypes (BoNT/A-G), a new mosaic toxin type termed BoNT/HA (aka type FA or H) was reported recently...
March 8, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263059/postexposure-recovery-and-analysis-of-biological-agent-in-a-simulated-biothreat-scenario-using-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#18
Sakshi Rajoria, Ravi Bhushan Kumar, Pallavi Gupta, Syed Imteyaz Alam
Some pathogens and toxins have the potential to be used as weapons of mass destruction and instigate population-based fear. Rapid, sensitive, and unambiguous identification of biothreat agents is of paramount importance for confirmation of the event and to mitigate the direct and indirect damages to public health and resources. Although there are several potential dissemination scenarios to describe an attack with a biological weapon, artificially generated bioaerosol is of the greatest concern from a bioterrorism or warfare perspective, potentially capable of causing mass destruction to a civilian or military population by inhalation of toxic bioaerosol...
March 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259756/preparation-and-characterization-of-a-human-scfv-against-the-clostridium-perfringens-type-a-alpha-toxin
#19
Dongdong Wang, Yuhuan Yue, Guangmou Wu, Yuan Tian, Yuling Liu, Jia Yu, Yuangang Ji, Jinpeng Wang, Jian Li, Rongrong Pan, Hongyuan Ma, Guoli Zhang
Alpha-toxin produced by Clostridium perfringens is an important virulence factor, causing food poisoning and gas gangrene in humans. As such, it is considered a potential bioterrorism threat. To date, there is still no human effective therapeutic drug against alpha-toxin. In this study, a human single chain antibody against alpha-toxin was produced from synthetic (Tomlinson I + J) naive phage display libraries, and its preventive and therapeutic efficacy in mice was examined. To prove the neutralizing potential of the scFv, alpha-toxin was preincubated with scFv and subsequently tested for its lecithinase and hemolytic activity, as well as its lethal effect in mice following intravenous administration...
March 1, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237237/expanding-veterinary-biosurveillance-in-washington-dc-the-creation-and-utilization-of-an-electronic-based-online-veterinary-surveillance-system
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Andrew Hennenfent, Vito DelVento, John Davies-Cole, Fern Johnson-Clarke
OBJECTIVES: To enhance the early detection of emerging infectious diseases and bioterrorism events using companion animal-based surveillance. METHODS: Washington, DC, small animal veterinary facilities (n=17) were surveyed to determine interest in conducting infectious disease surveillance. Using these results, an electronic-based online reporting system was developed and launched in August 2015 to monitor rates of canine influenza, canine leptospirosis, antibiotic resistant infections, canine parvovirus, and syndromic disease trends...
March 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
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